Bavette steak with beef jam and black pudding crumble

Steak with beef jam, black pudding crumble and savoy cabbage

I think steak is an iconic dish. Most everyone will have their own preference in cut and how it is cooked and what makes the perfect side dish. After going to Native, Covent Garden London I have been thinking about their venison jam. The Black Pig Butchers didn’t have any venison but I thought that … Continue reading

Chorizo, butternut squash, walnut and feta cheese ravioli

Chorizo butternut squash and feta cheese ravioli

Do you have a favorite pasta shape? Two of my favorites are tagliatelle or pappardelle pasta, long , wide strands of pasta with a lot of surface for the sauce to cling on to. Another favorite is ravioli. It is perfect little pasta parcels and they can be filled with yummy stuff, what is there … Continue reading

Smoked beef and butternut squash salad

Smoked beef salad

The other day I almost stumbled in a shop over a box of Christmas cards. I can’t be the only one who thinks it is just a tiny bit early? Saying that I am reminded every morning listening to the radio where they have a count down. The count down makes it sound so close … Continue reading

Cold smoked cheese and chilli and an Italian sausage casserole

cold smoking chiles

After the success of hot smoking pork belly in the Beast we wanted to cold smoke something. The first thing that came to mind, and in unison, was cheese. You can smoke pretty much any cheese and done right it adds a lovely, smokey flavour to the soft cheese.   Cheese for smoking¬†   There … Continue reading

Chicken with burnt miso butterscotch and walnut salsa

Chcken with burnt miso butterscotch and walnut salsa

Running the pop up restaurant has me looking through a lot of recipes. This is something that I love to do but with the world wide web, the possibilities¬†are endless. I knew I wanted to do chicken. Ever since I coked one chicken six ways I can’t stop thinking about the different ways of cooking … Continue reading

Pork belly, smoked in the Beast

smoked pork belly

The most fun event of last week was that my neighbour bought a smoker. It is a humdinger of a smoker and we have been plotting what to cook in it ever since he ordered it a couple of months ago. The thing about living on our¬†street is that everyone is super easy going, loves … Continue reading

Chilli confit pork with cauliflower, fig and butternut rice

Confit pork with cauliflower rice

A few weeks ago I cooked a dish that I really liked. I didn’t take any pictures so I couldn’t do a blog about it but it has been on my mind and I finally got around to making it. I used shoulder of pork for this, a quite cheap cut and cooked this way … Continue reading

Prosecco glazed chilli confit brisket

Prosecco glazed chilli comfit brisket

  Brisket is a great cut of beef. It has a lot of flavour and texture and can be delicious but it can also be tough and dry and make you wish you said before the meal that you are vegetarian. This week I had friends coming for dinner and frankly, I wanted to make … Continue reading

Crispy black pudding dumplings

My freezer had a bit of a moment and most of what was in it had to be defrosted and used. Luckily I recently cleaned it and used up most everything but a packet of dumplings defrosted and had to be used. I wasn’t sure what to do with them and found a recipe for … Continue reading

Roast vegetable tart

It is beautifully autumnal outside. The leaves have changed colour, the sky is clear and we still get the odd warm day, it is a lovely time of the year.     The light is changing and somehow it is brighter, I went for a lovely walk on the beach the other day and it … Continue reading